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Konad Konad/Fauxnad

All about Konad (basics)Vse o Konad-u (osnove)

We’ve received a lot of requests for “how to” or “tutorial” articles. One of the most requested posts was a Konad tutorial. Finally I took the time and recorded a few short videos on basic stuff about Konad. The videos are really short and to the point (I hope). I hope these videos will be helpful at least to some of you. I’ll also explain a few basic things about Konad in this post along with the videos. I hope the combination of videos and the explanations will help those, who have problems to transfer the images from the image plates to the nails. Let’s get started. ;)

What do you need for stamping?

1. An image plate

What is an image plate and how does it look like?

Konad image plates
Konad image plates

It’s a metal plate with engraved images. There are different brands of image plates out there. Some are good some not so much. I really have a lot of image plates of various brands and I think that the Konad ones are the best I’ve come across. I’ve never had any problems with Konad images. All the details from the Konad images transfer nicely to the nails, while at some other brands some images just don’t transfer or they transfer partially. The Konad image plates also look nicer and don’t have any sharp edges, while with some other brands you have to be careful that you don’t get cut on the edges. Though the all over images could be larger (some of the other brands have larger images, which is a huge plus). As I said before, I have other brands and I’ll definitely buy other brands in the future, just the quality of the Konad ones is my favourite.

2. A stamper

There are different stampers available. My favourite is the double sided stamper by Konad. It has a long handle and on each side of the handle there is a “rubber”. On one side there is a regular sized round rubber and on the other side is a smaller round rubber. The main difference between the stampers from different brands is the rubber. Some have harder rubbers, which means that the rubber does not “fit the nail” as good as the softer rubber. That’s the main reason why I prefer the Konad stampers over the others I’ve tried.

3. A scraper

There are also different scrapers available. Some have metal blade and some have plastic one. I prefer the plastic ones, because the metal blade damages (scratches) the image plates and the plastic ones don’t. But you can also use a credit card (or a plastic card) as a scraper. It works (see the video below)!

4. A nail polish …

… and not just every polish will do the trick. You’ll need a polish that is pigmented enough. There’s also Konad special polishes that will definitely work. Konad special polishes are thicker and more pigmented than the regular polishes and they also dry slower, which gives you more time to transfer the images from the image plate to your nails. There are three different lines of Konad special polishes: small, large and princess. I think that the only difference between them is the size of the bottles and also the Princess special polishes have flat brush while the others have a regular round brush. There’s a video that shows the differences attached below.

Note: I’ve read that people don’t recommend the gold Konad special polish as it’s not pigmented enough. if you’d like a very good gold polish for stamping I’d recommend China Glaze’s 2030 from the Khrome collection. All polishes from that collection work perfectly with stamping. Just be aware that these dry very fast, so you have to work especially fast when stamping with these.

4. Do you need an image plate holder?

No! A paper towel will do. ;)

6. What else do you need?

  • a paper towel
  • a cotton pad to clean everything
  • nail polish remover

How to Konad?

Before you start stamping, prepare your workspace.
* Cover surface with paper and/or paper towel.
* Clean stamper and image plate with nail polish remover.
* Unscrew the nail polish(es) you are planing to use.
* Soak cotton pad with nail polish remover.
* Arrange your workspace so everything is easily reachable.

Apply a top coat …

… but which one? Some top coats smudge the images. Gel-like top coats (like Seche Vite) work better than the “thin” top coats. The video below shows three different top coats (Ciate’s Speed Coat – I’m not sure if it’s still available, Essence High Shine Top Coat and Konad Top Coat). My experiences show that the Konad top coat works great (if not the best). It’s thick and gel-like. Despite everything be careful when applying top coat. Be quick, apply it lightly, try not to touch the nail with the bristles of the brush. Let the brush “float” on the polish (top coat). And cover the nail with as few strokes as possible. Though I have to mention that I’ve had a Konad top coat before and it was thin and it smudged images like crazy. Maybe that was some old version or what. I don’t know. I got Konad top coat shown in the video below a few weeks ago and this one is just perfect.

That’s it! :fju:

I know this is a lot to process and some (or maybe most) of you didn’t even have the patience to read to here. :biggrin: That’s OK. It’s important that the tutorial is posted, so you can come back and find the information you’ll need in that particular moment. That’s also one of the reasons, why I didn’t publish one long video. I prefer short and to the point videos.

Hope this tutorial was helpful at least to some of you! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. :wink:

Happy stamping! :nails:

Vedno znova dobivamo veliko želja po prispevkih tipa “Kako narediti …” ali “Vodič …”. V glavnem predvsem prispevke z napotki, kako narediti to ali ono. Eden od največkrat “zahtevanih” prispevkov je o Konadu, torej osnovne (in tudi malo naprednejše) reči o Konadu. Končno sem si vzela čas in posnela nekaj kratkih filmov o popolnoma osnovnih rečeh glede Konada. Filmčki so res kratki in čisto specializirani. Upam, da bodo filmčki prišli prav vsaj komu izmed vas. V tem dolgem prispevku bom poleg filmčkov tudi razložila nekaj osnovnih zadev glede Konada. Upam, da bo kombinacija filmov in razlage pomagala tistim, ki imate probleme pri prenosu vzorčka iz platke na noht. Pa začnimo! ;)

Kaj potrebujete za štempljanje/konadiranje?

1. Ploščico z vzorčki

Kaj je ploščica z vzorčki in kako sploh izgleda?

Konad image plates
Konad image plates

Gre za kovinsko ploščico z vgraviranimi vzorčki. Obstajajo različne znamke, ki ponujajo ploščice z raznoraznimi vzorčki. Nekatere ploščice (oziroma vzorčki) so dobre, druge pa malo manj. Imam resnično veliko ploščic raznoraznih znamk in menim, da so ploščice znamke Konad najboljše kvalitete. S Konadovimi vzorčki nisem nikoli imela težav. Vsi detajli so se lepo odtisnili na noht, medtem ko se pri ostalih znamkah rado zgodi, da se kakšen delček vzorčka ali kar celoten vzorček ne odtisne. Prav tako so mi na pogled Konadove ploščice lepše in nimajo ostrih robov, medtem ko je pri nekaterih ploščicah drugih znamk treba biti precej pazljiv, da se ne porežeš na ostrem robu. Edini minus, ki ga najdem pri Konadovih ploščicah, je velikost vzorčkov. Vzorčki bi lahko bili malenkost večji (nekatere druge znamke ponujajo večje vzorčke). Kot sem že prej omenila, imam precej ploščic drugih znamk in zagotovo jih bom tudi v prihodnje kupovala. Vseeno pa se mi je zdelo vredno omeniti, da se mi zdi kvaliteta Konadovih ploščic boljša od ostalih.

2. Stamper (štampiljka)

Na voljo je kar nekaj različnih stamperjev. Moj najljubši je obojestranski znamke Konad. Ima daljši ročaj in na obeh straneh ročaja je gumijasta blazinica. Na eni strani je blazinica večja, na drugi pa manjša. Glavna razlika med stamperji različnih znamk se mi zdi v gumi za blazinico. Nekatere znamke uporabljajo tršo gumo, ki pri odtisu ne “objame” nohta tako lepo kot mehkejše gume. Prav tako trše štampiljke rade zdrsnejo. Iz tega razloga imam najraje Konadove stamperje.

3. Strgalo

Prav tako so na voljo različna strgala. Nekatera imajo kovinsko rezilo, nekatera pa plastično. Meni so ljubša slednja, saj kovinsko rezilo popraska ploščico, medtem ko plastično rezilo ne. Kot strgalo pa lahko uporabite tudi plastično kartico (ali kreditno kartico). Deluje (oglejte si video)!

4. Lak za nohte …

… in ne kar katerikoli lak. Lak, ki ga boste uporabili naj bo čim bolj pigmentiran (recimo popolnoma prekriven v enem sloju). Obstajajo pa tudi Konadovi posebni laki, ki zagotovo delujejo. Ti laki so gostejši, zelo pigmentirani in se počasi sušijo, kar dopušča več časa pri prenosu vzorčka iz ploščice na noht. Obstajajo tri različne linije Konadovih posebnih lakov: small, large in Princess. Menim, da je glavna razlika med njimi v velikosti. Vredno je še omeniti, da imajo princess laki sploščen čopič s kratkimi dlakami, medtem ko imajo ostali navaden okrogel čopič. Spodaj je priložen video, ki prikazuje razliko med omenjenimi linijami.

Opomba: Brala sem, da zlat Konadov poseben lak ni dober, ker ni dobro pigmentiran. Če bi želeli res dober zlat lak za štempljanje, potem vam priporočam China Glaze – 2030 iz Khrome kolekcije. Vsi laki iz omenjene kolekcije so super za konadiranje. Vedite le, da se ti laki izredno hitro sušijo, kar pomeni, da morate pri prenosu vzorčka biti izredno hitri.

4. Ali potrebujete držalo ploščic?

Ne! Papirnata brisačka bo prav tako dobra za podlago. ;)

6. Kaj vse še potrebujete?

  • papirnato brisačo
  • vatko za čiščenje
  • odstranjevalec laka za nohte

Kako štempljati/konadirati?

Preden začnete, si pripravite prostor.
* Prekrijte površino s papirjem in/ali papirnato brisačo, ki bo popivnala odvečen lak.
* Očistite stamper in ploščico z vzorčki z odstranjevalcem laka za nohte (brez olja).
* Odprite lak, ki ga boste uporabljali.
* Na vatko zlijte nekaj odstranjevalca laka za nohte.
* Razporedite reči po površini tako, da vam bodo najbolj pri roki in si ne bodo druga drugi v napoto.

Nanesite nadlak …

… vendar katerega? Nekateri nadlaki namreč razmažejo vzorec. Nadlaki z gelasto konsistenco (npr. Seche Vite) so boljši kot “navadni” redki nadlaki. Spodnji video prikazuje razliko med tremi nadlaki: Ciate’s Speed Coat – ne vem, ali je še na voljo, Essence High Shine Top Coat in Konad Top Coat. Moje izkušnje kažejo, da se Konadov nadlak zelo dobro obnese in vzorčka praktično ne razmaže. Kljub temu pa ob nanosu nadlaka pazite, da ste hitri in se s čopičem čim manj dotaknete nohta. Čopič mora “lebdeti” na sloju laka. Noht prekrijte v čim manj potegih. Na tem mestu bi rada omenila še, da sem pred časom že imela Konadov nadlak, ki pa ni bil dober. Bil je redek in je razmazal vzorčke. Verjetno je šlo za kakšno staro verzijo. Nadlak, ki ga lahko vidite v filmu spodaj, sem dobila nekaj tednov nazaj in je super.

To je vse! :fju:

Vem, da je prispevek zelo dolg in so nekateri (morda večina) obupali preden so prišli do konca. :biggrin: Nič hudega! Pomembno je, da je prispevek napisan, da se lahko vrnete nazaj in preberete tisti del, ki vam bo v tistem trenutku pomemben/uporaben. Ravno zaradi tega sem tudi filmčke pustila kratke. Krajši filmi se mi zdijo bolj uporabni, ko človek išče nekaj specifičnega.

Upam, da bo ta “tutorial” uporaben vsaj nekomu izmed vas! Če imate še kakšna vprašanja, pa ne odlašajte in kar na dan z besedo. :wink:

Veselo konadiranje! :nails:

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Comparisons IsaDora

Comparison: Isadora, Essence, Essie, Manhattan matte top coatsPrimerjava: Isadora, Essence, Essie, Manhattan mat nadlaki

My matte top coat collection has gotten bigger, so I thought I would make a comparison between them. :silly:

As a base I used Kiko 278 nail polish – slightly duochrome purple shade I got from Goga. :rose:

Isadora Matte Top Coat can hardly be called matte, but as it is named as such, I included it in the comparison. I would call this one more plastic than matte finish. I usually prefer plastic over matte finish, but not with combination with Kiko 278. Isadora Matte Top Coat just mutes it to the point where neither glossy or matte but without any extra sheen to it. :ermm:

As they follow from left to right: Kiko 278 without top coat, Isadora Matte Top Coat, Essence Matt Top Coat, Essie Matte About You, Manhattan Pro Mat Top Coat.

Comparison of Matte Top Coats: Isadora, Essence, Essie, Manhattan swatch
Comparison of Matte Top Coats (L to R): no top coat, Isadora, Essence, Essie, Manhattan

Essence Matt Top Coat gives the maximum matte effect. If I would compare last three top coats on creme polish, the result would be almost identical. But there are slight differences when layered over shimmery polish. While Essence top coat kills all the shine, Essie and Manhattan leave some sheen to the polish.

Manhattan top coat is the only one with enclosed steel ball which keeps polish formula consistent.

And can you believe that Essie Matte About You stopped producing those nasty little white specks? I guess it’s possible that warmer weather agrees with it … or maybe it ages same way as wine and women … keeps getting better and better. :devil:

Comparison of Matte Top Coats: Isadora, Essence, Essie, Manhattan swatch by Parokeets
Comparison of Matte Top Coats (L to R): no top coat, Isadora, Essence, Essie, Manhattan

Prices:

  • Manhattan Pro Mat Top Coat (11ml/0.37 fl.oz): ~5 EUR;
  • Essence Matt Top Coat (8ml/0.28 fl.oz): ~ 2 EUR;
  • Essie Matte About You (15ml/0.5 fl.oz): ~10EUR (8 USD);
  • Isadora Matte Top Coat (6ml/0.2 fl.oz): ~9 EUR (7 USD).

As I’m not such a huge fan of completely matte finish, I’ll probably stick to Essie and Manhattan top coat (over shimmery polishes).

For the end: bonus layering manicure – Manhattan Do You Twitter (Hands Up LE) + Gabrini 377 + Manhattan Pro Mat Top Coat.

Manhattan Do You Twitter + Gabrini 377 + Manhattan Pro Mat Top Coat swatch
Manhattan Do You Twitter + Gabrini 377 + Manhattan Pro Mat Top Coat

Which matte top coat do you like the best?

*Manhattan top coat was sent to me for review.Ker se je v moji zbirki znašlo že nekaj mat nadlakov, sem se odločila, da naredim primerjavo med njimi.

Za bazo sem uporabila Kiko 278 lak – rahlo duochrome vijoličen odtenek, ki sem ga dobila od Goge. :rose:

Isadora Matte Top Coat je sicer opredeljen kot mat nadlak, vendar bi osebno rekla, da gre prej za t.i. “plastičen” finiš. Ponavadi je tole moj najljubši “mat” nadlak, vendar mi pa v kombinaciji s Kiko 278 ni bil všeč. Končni finiš je nekako “zaprašen”, brez življenja … :ermm:

Od leve proti desni si sledijo: Kiko 278 brez nadlaka, Isadora Matte Top Coat, Essence Matt Top Coat, Essie Matte About You, Manhattan Pro Mat Top Coat.

Comparison of Matte Top Coats: Isadora, Essence, Essie, Manhattan swatch
Comparison of Matte Top Coats (L to R): no top coat, Isadora, Essence, Essie, Manhattan

Essence Matt Top Coat od vseh primerjanih najbolj matira. Če bi primerjala zadnje tri mat nadlake na krem odtenku, bi bile razlike res minimalne. Pri šimrastih lakih pa so razlike vidne – niso velike, a znajo precej vplivati na efekt. Essence mat nadlak namreč ubije ves sijaj, medtem kot Essie in Manhattan nadlak pustita ravno toliko sijaja, da pride presevanje šimra še vedno do izraza – še vedno mat finiš, a z dušo.

Manhattan nadlak je edini kateremu so priložili jekleno kroglico, ki ohranja konsistenco laka.

Lahko verjamete, da je Essie Matte About You prenehal puščati nadležne bele pikice? Mogoče pa mu je toplejše okolje bolj všeč … ali pa je le v isti družini kot vino in ženske … z leti postaja boljši in boljši. :devil:

Comparison of Matte Top Coats: Isadora, Essence, Essie, Manhattan swatch by Parokeets
Comparison of Matte Top Coats (L to R): no top coat, Isadora, Essence, Essie, Manhattan

Cene:

  • Manhattan Pro Mat Top Coat (11ml/0.37 fl.oz): ~5 EUR;
  • Essence Matt Top Coat (8ml/0.28 fl.oz): ~ 2 EUR;
  • Essie Matte About You (15ml/0.5 fl.oz): ~10EUR (8 USD);
  • Isadora Matte Top Coat (6ml/0.2 fl.oz): ~9 EUR (7 USD).

Glede na to, da nisem vneta privrženka mat finiša, bom v prihodnje verjetno najbolj uporabljala za šimraste lake Essie in Manhattan mat nadlak.

Za konec: bonus manikura – Manhattan Do You Twitter (Hands Up LE) + Gabrini 377 + Manhattan Pro Mat Top Coat.

Manhattan Do You Twitter + Gabrini 377 + Manhattan Pro Mat Top Coat swatch
Manhattan Do You Twitter + Gabrini 377 + Manhattan Pro Mat Top Coat

Kateri mat nadlak je vam najbolj všeč?

*Manhattan top coat sem prejela v oceno.

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Creme Green IsaDora Swatches/Bottles

IsaDora: Jaded + Matte Top CoatIsaDora: Jaded + Matte Top Coat

I’m back from surgery. :happy: Everything went fine and I’m already recovering. :w00t:

But until I’m completely healed, I won’t be doing my nails so I’ll try to show you as many archive photos as I can in the meanwhile. :yes:

Todays combo is something quite special for me. After I saw it at Neglelakkmani for the first time, a day hasn’t gone by that I didn’t drop by and drool over the mani. And then Maestra found them for me together with her In the army shade. :drop:

I won’t touch the topic of price or I’ll start to question my sanity. :silly:

Here is my new pretty grayish green shade (with a hint of blue?) – IsaDora Jaded from Trend Nails Collection for fall/winter 2010. I used 2 coats.

IsaDora Jaded swatch by Parokeets
IsaDora Jaded – lightbox

IsaDora Jaded swarch

It really funky green shade, but I love it. :wub:

But IsaDora Matte Top Coat – now that is my new favorite. I adore the plastic finish it gives me. You know I’m not really matte finish fan, but plastic … oh, yeah. :love:

IsaDora Jaded + Matte Top Coat swatch by Parokeets
IsaDora: Jaded + Matte Top Coat

I love both polishes, but the brush … no love to be found there.

What do you think about the most expensive minis in my collection? :biggrin:

Operacija je za mano in okrevanje se je že začelo. :happy:

Čas potreben za popolno okrevanje bom izkoristila za objavo arhivskih fotografij … ki se jih je nabralo kar nekaj. :blush:

Današnja kombinacija je nekaj meni res všečnega. Potem, ko sem jo prvič videla pri Neglelakkmani, skoraj da ni minil dan, da jo ne bi šla občudovati. K nam (vsaj v bližnji prihodnosti) te kolekcije verjetno ne bo, tako da sem bila čisto iz sebe, ko mi je Maestra sporočila, da je našla oba lakca zame ter In the army zanjo. :drop:

Ne bom se niti spuščala o debato o ceni, ker bom drugače hitro začel dvomiti v mojo razsodnost. :silly:

Moj novi sivo zeleni lepotec (s kančkom modre?) – IsaDora Jaded iz Trend Nails kolekcije za jesen/zimo 2010. Uporabila sem dve plasti.

IsaDora Jaded swatch by Parokeets
IsaDora Jaded - lightbox

IsaDora Jaded swarch

Posebna zelena barva, ki mi je čisto zapihala na dušo. :wub:

IsaDora Matte Top Coat nadlak je moj novi favorit med matirajočimi laki – preprosto obožujem plastičen finiš, ki ga podari kateremukoli krem laku. Pravi mat finiš pri meni ni ravno priljubljen, ampak plastičen … :love:

IsaDora Jaded + Matte Top Coat swatch by Parokeets
IsaDora: Jaded + Matte Top Coat

A če sta bila laka ljubezen na prvi pogled, sta čopiča vse prej kot to. Jaz si enostavno ne znam lepo nalakirati nohtov z njihovim čopičem. :unsure:

Torej – kaj mislite o najdražjih minijih v moji zbirki? :biggrin:

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Fake or Not: Nubar Diamont top coatPonaredek ali Ne: Nubar Diamont nadlak

A while ago Maestra and I bought Nubar Diamont top coats on Ebay.

A lot of bloggers complimented Diamont’s fast drying time, but after I tried it out couple of times, I can only say that this is one of the slowest fast drying top coats I own. And since Maestra complained about it’s drying time too, there are only few possible answers.

Either:

  • we stumbled on the weird series;
  • our “fast” drying time means something entirely else than it does to others;
  • they’re fakes;

The third option is the quickest one to confirm, so we would like to ask our fantastic readers to help us out.

If any of you owns Nubar Diamont top coat and you’re positive it’s not fake (bought directly from Nubar or one of their resellers), could you please compare your bottle to ours and tell us if you spot any differences? :rose:

Nubar Diamont top coat bottle

Thank you for your help girls. :rose:

Z Maestro sva prek kratkim z Ebaya naročili dva Nubar Diamont nadlaka.

Po izkušnjah mnogih blogerk naj bi nadlak izredno hitro posušil celotno manikuro. Po nekajkratnem preizkusu, bi lahko kvečjemu rekla, da je tole eden najpočasnejših nadlakov, ki sem jih kdaj sprobala. In ker je tudi Maestra potožila, da njen nadlak prav tako ne posuši manikure prav hitro, je možnosti kaj bi lahko bilo narobe bolj malo.

Ali:

  • sva dobili kako čudno serijo;
  • imava midve čisto drugačno pojmovanje hitrosušečega nadlaka;
  • sta nadlaka ponaredka.

Tretjo alinejo je mogoče še najhitreje preveriti, zato se obračamo na vas naše drage bralke.

Če ima katera Nubar Diamont nadlak, ki ga je kupila pri zanesljivem viru, bi prosila, če lahko primerja stekleničko ter napise z našo. :rose:

Nubar Diamont top coat bottle

Hvala vsem za pomoč. :rose:

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Black and gray Blue Creme Green Konad/Fauxnad Red Shimmer

Catrice – LE Oceana on World Oceans DayCatrice – LE Oceana na svetovni dan oceanov

Catrice LE Oceana is finally available in Kozmo drugstores in Croatia. I bought four nail polishes and eyeshadow. I could hardly wait to see the lipsticks, but I was disappointed.  The looked like the perfect reds on the photos but in reality one was not very pigmented and not red at all and the other one was too pigmented and dry.

After a long wait – first Catrice matte polishes are here. :fju:

Catrice - LE Oceana, bottles
Catrice: LE Oceana
Catrice - LE Oceana
Catrice: LE Oceana

First matte polish is light gray shade named Pebble Beach. It’s quite thick, easy to apply and it works with Konad image plates.  :thumb:

Catrice - LE Oceana, Pebble Beach, swatch
Catrice: LE Oceana, Pebble Beach – two coats

The biggest surprise was matte green polish Sea Of Green. It looked cool and uninteresting in the bottle, but in reality … :love:

I can’t stop looking at it. When Gejba got message that it looks like “Budapest”, I said to my self – I don’t need this polish. Yeah right. :naughty:

Catrice - LE Oceana, Sea Of Green, swatch
Catrice: LE Oceana, Sea Of Green, two coats

Next come two deja vu polishes. First one is Blue Out Of Sea – dark blue as the ocean. First layer was quite watery, but the second one was already opaque. It’s very shiny polish with lots of silver shimmer.

Catrice - LE Oceana, Blue Out To Sea
Catrice: LE Oceana, Blue Out To Sea

Ocean Sunset is simple red polish. It’s easy to apply, but it could still be little thicker. I used two coats. It has creme finish. Nice summer shade.

Catrice - LE Oceana, Ocean Sunset, swatch
Catrice: LE Oceana, Ocean Sunset

The only eyeshadow that went home with me is Sea Of Green: very pigmented, lively green – maybe already little bit on the turquoise side.  The only thing that bothers me is that it’s matte.

Catrice - LE Oceana, Sea Of Green, Eye Shadow
Catrice: LE Oceana, Sea Of Green

I decided to play a bit with matte green polish – Sea Of Green.

Catrice - LE Oceana, Sea Of Green, comparision
Essence – Meet You in Budapest; Catrice – Sea Of Green + konad with Catrice Pebble Beach + topcoat Essie MAY; Catrice Sea Of Green; Catrice Sea Of Green + CND Effects Gold Prearl

Meet You in Budapest and Sea of Green are not alike. Image made with Pebble Beach was pleasant surprise. I added Essie MAY top coat over the konadicure. CND Effects Gold Pearl covered up most of the image on the pinky. Anyhow – green p0olish is perfect by itself and and I wanted to show you that it would be a shame to upgrade it. :bow:

Did you notice that it’s not as matte as on the ring finger where I used Essie MAY?

There is something else I’m noticing lately in Catrice products – poor print on the eyeshadows/lipsticks/glosses that disappears after a very short time.  It’s quite awkward if product “looses” it’s name.

Last quality problem I had with Catrice:

– gray polish had completely ruined brush, so I took it back to the store and got a replacement. Other polish was not flawless either – I had to cut of too long bristles.

– after I removed the label with declaration, a lot of paint came of with it.

You can see both problems on the bellow photo.

Catrice, Damaged Brush

8 June is the World Oceans Day. Perfect opportunity to remind ourselves that oceans are huge source of life and we have to take good care of it.Kar nekaj časa je minilo, predno je Catrice LE Oceana prišla na prodajne police Kozmo drogerij na Hrvaškem. Kupila sem vse štiri lake in senčko. Komaj sem čakala na šminki, a sta me razočarali. Na sliki sta bili videti pravi rdeči lepotički “must have”, v resnici pa je bila ena preslabo pigmentirana in niti ne rdeča, druga pa preveč pigmentirana in suha.

Najtežje je bilo dočakati prve Catrice mat lake.   :fju:

Catrice - LE Oceana, bottles
Catrice: LE Oceana
Catrice - LE Oceana
Catrice: LE Oceana

Prvi mat lak je svetlo siv z imenom Pebble Beach. Precej gost, lahek za nanašanje in odličen za konadiranje. :thumb:

Catrice - LE Oceana, Pebble Beach, swatch
Catrice: LE Oceana, Pebble Beach - two coats

Največje presenečenje je zelen mat lak Sea Of Green. V steklenički je izgledal zelo hladen in nezanimiv.  A v resnici…   :love:

Še vedno se ga ne morem nagledati. Ko je Gejba dobila sporočilo, da je podoben “Budimpešti”, sem si rekla, da ga na rabim. Ja, itak.  :naughty:

Catrice - LE Oceana, Sea Of Green, swatch
Catrice: LE Oceana, Sea Of Green, two coats

Sledita dva deja vu laka. Prvi Blue Out Of Sea je temno moder kot ocean. Prvi sloj je bil zelo voden, že drugi pa popolnoma prekriven. Vsebuje srebrne bleščice in se zelo sveti.

Catrice - LE Oceana, Blue Out To Sea
Catrice: LE Oceana, Blue Out To Sea

Ocean Sunset je enostaven rdeč lak. Lepo se nanaša, morda je le za spoznanje preveč redek. Tudi tega sem nanesla v dveh slojih, ima krem finiš. Zelo lep poletni odtenek.

Catrice - LE Oceana, Ocean Sunset, swatch
Catrice: LE Oceana, Ocean Sunset

Še senčka, ki me je premamila  Sea Of Green: zelo pigmentirana, živo svetlo zelena, morda že čisto malo turkizna. Moti me samo to, ker je mat.

Catrice - LE Oceana, Sea Of Green, Eye Shadow
Catrice: LE Oceana, Sea Of Green

Zelen mat lak Sea Of Green mi ni dal miru in z njim sem se malo pozabavala z nadgradnjo in primerjavo.

Catrice - LE Oceana, Sea Of Green, comparision
Essence - Meet You in Budapest; Catrice - Sea Of Green + konad with Catrice Pebble Beach + topcoat Essie MAY; Catrice Sea Of Green; Catrice Sea Of Green + CND Effects Gold Prearl

Meet You in Budapest in mat Sea of Green si nista podobna. Vzorček, odtisnjen s sivim mat lakom Pebble Beach me je presenetil, odlično se obnese za konadiranjeje, sledil je še Essie MAY nadlak.  Na mezincu CND Effects Gold Pearl vzorček skoraj v celoti prekrije. Kakorkoli, zelen mat lak je sam po sebi tako popoln, da sem vam želela pokazati, da ga je škoda kakorkoli nadgraditi.Ali pa na drug način. :bow:

Ste opazile, da lak ni tako zelo mat v primerjavi z Essie MAY, ki ga popolnoma zmatira?

Moram pripomniti še nekaj, kar zadnje čase opažam pri Catrice izdelkih. Tisk na stekleničkah in na embalažah senčk/šmink/glosov je zelo slab in se po nekajkratni uporabi zbriše. Precej nerodna zadeva, če ostane izdelek brez imena.

In še konkreten primer:

– siv lak je imel popolnoma uničen čopič, zato so mi ga zamenjali. Tudi drug ni bil brezhiben in morala sem pristriči predolge ščetine.

– ko sem s pokrovčka laka odstranila etiketo z deklaracijo, se je zraven odtrgal tudi precejšen del barve.

Oboje je vidno na spodnji fotografiji.

Catrice, Damaged Brush

8. junij je svetovni dan oceanov. Ne pozabimo, da so ravno oceani izjemen vir življenja in da moramo ta naravni vir skrbno varovati.

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Purple

Color Club Wild At Heart goes matteColor Club Wild At Heart v matirani različici

After seeing  Color Club Wild At Heart swatch, our reader Purple_rain wondered how would this purple holo polish looked like in matte version.

Just for Purple_rain – Wild At Heart + Essie Matte About You:

Color Club - Wild At Heart + Essie Matte About You swatch

I used two layers of Wild At Heart and one layer of matte top coat.
So – which one do you prefer – shiny holo or matte version?Purple_rain je takole komentirala Color Club Wild At Heart swatch:

gejba, kakšna lepota! :love:

…a bi se dalo vidt, kako zgleda zmatiran?

Samo zate purple – Wild At Heart + Essie Matte About You:

Color Club - Wild At Heart + Essie Matte About You swatch

Uporabila sem dve plasti Wild At Heart in eno plast mat nadlaka.

Kako vam je všeč matirana verzija holo vijolkota?

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Creme Glitter Purple Shimmer Silver and white Tools

Review and swatches: Essence – Be a Nail ArtistOpis in ocena: Essence – Be a Nail Artist

Essence prepared a special March and April collection just for us nail junkies. The collection is called Be a Nail Artist. You know what that means, right? A whole collection dedicated to nail art. :w00t: There is something for everyone in this collection. And at a very reasonable price too. There are a lot of products in the collection so I’d better move on and show you some photos and ideas on how to use the products.

I’ll start with the glitters I bought …

Glam it up! is a wheel box with six compartments with glitter in them. The glitters are in various shapes and colors.

Style it up! is a round box full of purple hearts that reflect different colors depending on the lighting.

Glitter it! is a round box full of sheer hexagons, that change color from pink to green.

Cutie Fruity is a round box full of fimo fruit. The fruit looks delicious. :biggrin: In the right lower corner you can see how it looks on a nail.

There are also some Nail Art Pens in the collection. I bought a black pen for myself. The shade’s name is Cool Black.

In the picture above:

  1. The tip of a new pencil is white.
  2. Press/Pump the tip until the color flows into the tip.
  3. That’s how the tip looks, when it’s full of color.
  4. The picture shows an example of usage.

I bought both Stampy image plates. They are credit card shaped and have nine images on each plate. I forgot to take pictures of them, but you can check them out HERE.

Let’s move on to nail polishes.

Romeo is a grey shade with silver shimmer. It’s not your usual silver or grey polish. It’s a bit darker grey with a silver sheen. It’s very pigmented. There is only one coat of polish shown in the picture below. It works well with stamping. It has very slight frost finish, but really really slight. :yes:

Although Romeo is great alone and with no nail art, I added some just because of the name of the collection. I admit that I’m not proud of any of the ideas below. :blush: None of the glitters I bought went well with the grey polish …

There is a Sealing Top Coat in my hand in the picture above. It’s a top coat for sealing the nail art. I think it’s pretty good. I didn’t have the chance to test it properly yet, but from what I’ve tested, I think it’s worth a try.

Joe is a gorgeous purple shade. No application issues. There are two coats shown in the picture. IRL the color is less blue based, it’s more reddish.

Here’s some ideas how to pimp out the Joe-manicure.

In the picture below I stamped an image from one of the new Stampy image plates. The stamp is made with the grey polish Romeo. To each flower I added one glitter from the Glitter it! box. Just for presentation purposes I added some dots and curves with the black Nail Art Pen to the manicure. I know, it doesn’t look pretty, but you can see how the pen works.

In the sun – the color is quite accurate.

Artificial lighting.

For the comparison purposes, the butterfly is stamped with China Glaze – Sci-Fi, everything else is stamped with Romeo.

As you can see, Joe is from the Nail Art Twins line. Which means, that it has a twin that complements it. Its twin is a glitter top coat, called Victory. On the picture below there is one coat of Joe and one thicker coat of Victory. I also added some glitters to the manicure …

That is all from me. :wave:

Gejba

I disliked the glittery twins, so I got creme bases, one of the plates (other one was sold out :hmm: ) and Nail Art Pen in Silver White.

Maestra already showed you the brighter shades, so that leaves me with the darkest one … Thelma.

This is really and I mean really dark purple shade. I spiced it up with image from Be Creative plate and white Essence polish from LE Stampy set and Silver White nail pen. I can’t say I like the manicure, but I had to do it anyway. :angel:

Pen is little bit to watery for my taste. I had to to go twice over the image or press hard to get the white I was looking for.

I compared Thelma with Essence Devil’s Flavour from Sweet Temptation TE.

Nope – I didn’t make mistake and applied only one polish. :naughty: The polishes are really identical – same polish in different bottle.

I spiced up this on too. I used same products as above with Konad white polish instead of Essence white from Stampy set.

Which product do you like best from this TE? :nails:

Znamka Essence nam je za marec in april pripravila prav posebno kolekcijo v celoti namenjeno olepšanju nohtov. :drop: Kolekcija se imenuje Be a Nail Artist. V kolekciji je za vsak okus nekaj in to po ugodnih cenah. Izdelkov je veliko, zato vas bom kar opozorila, da je ta prispevek nabit s fotografijami in raznoraznimi idejami, kako izdelke uporabiti. Najbolje, da ne izgubljam besed in kar začnem s fotografijami …

Začela bom z bleščicami, ki sem jih kupila …

Glam it up! je kolut, ki vsebuje šest predelov z različnimi bleščicami zelenih, vijoličnih in turkiznih barv. Pokrov je vrtljiv in ima odprtino, skozi katero gredo bleščice ven.

Style it up! je posodica polna vijoličnih bleščic, ki se mavrično presevajo, v obliki srca.

Glitter it! je posodica polna prosojnih šest-kotnikov, ki spreminjajo barvo od zelene do roza odvisno od osvetlitve.

Cutie Fruity je posodica polna resnično prisrčnega sadja narejenega iz fimo mase. Na fotografiji spodaj je v spodnjem desnem kotu prikazano, kako veliko je sadje glede na moj noht.

Kolekcija Be a Nail Artist ponuja tudi svinčnike za poslikavo ali Nail Art Pen, kot jih imenujejo. Zase sem kupila črnega. Ime odtenka je Cool Black.

Na fotografiji zgoraj:

  1. konica novega svinčnika je bela
  2. konico je pred uporabo potrebno napolniti z barvo – pritiskajte konico, dokler barva ne steče v konico
  3. tako izgleda konica, ko je napolnjena z barvo
  4. primer uporabe

Kupila sem tudi obe varianti Stampy design plates, kot jih poimenujejo pri Essence. Gre v bistvu za ploščice za štempljanje ali konadiranje, kot “po domače” poimenujemo to zadevo. Ploščice sem pozabila fotografirat. Ogledate si jih lahko na Essence uradni spletni strani. KLIK

Sledijo laki za nohte …

Romeo je siv odtenek s srebrnim šimrom. Končni izgled ni klasična kovinsko siva, ampak temnejša siva s srebrnim leskom. Romeo je izredno dobro prekriven. Na spodnji fotografiji je le en nanos. Dobro deluje s stampy ploščicami, kot boste videli malo kasneje. Ima pa v sebi pikico frosty finiša. Ampak res pikico. :yes:

Čeprav je Romeo sam po sebi čudovit in ne rabi nobene olepšave, sem mu vseeno dodala nekaj “čičk in čačk”. Samo zato, ker se kolekcija imenuje Be a Nail Artist. :silly: Priznam pa, da na niti eno idejo na spodnji fotografiji nisem ponosna. :hmm: Izmed bleščic, ki sem jih kupila, niti ene niso lepo izgledale na sivi podlagi.

V roki držim Sealing Top Coat – nadlak, ki se uporablja za “zapiranje” in zaščito raznoraznega “nail art-a”. Kolikor sem ga do sedaj preizkusila, ni slab. Kaj več pa težko v tem trenutku napišem.

Joe je čudovit krem vijoličen odtenek. Z nanašanjem ni nobenih problemov. Deluje celo s stampy ploščicami. Na fotografiji sta dve plasti. V živo je malenkost manj modro-vijoličen ampak bolj rdečkasto-vijoličen.

Sledi nekaj idej, kako nadgraditi Joe-manikuro.

Na spodnji fotografiji sem uporabila eno od stampy ploščic za vzorec, ki sem ga odtisnila s sivim odtenkom Romeo. V vsako rožico sem dodala bleščico iz Glitter it! posodice. Samo za predstavo, sem dodala še nekaj kvak s črnim Nail Art Pen-om. Vem, da ne izgleda ravno najlepše. :blush:

na soncu – barva laka je dokaj realna

umetna osvetlitev

Za primerjavo je metulj odtisnjen s China Glaze – Sci-Fi, ostalo pa z Romeo.

Kot vidite na zgornji fotografiji, je Joe iz kolekcije Nail Art Twins. Kar pomeni, da ima še svojega dvojčka, ki ga dopolnjuje. Njegov dvojček je bleščičast nadlak z imenom Victory. Na spodnji fotografiji je ena plast vijoličnega odtenka Joe in čez njega ena debelejša plast bleščičastega nadlaka Victory. Vsemu skupaj sem dodala še nekaj bleščic.

To je iz moje strani vse. Za konec vam bo nekaj besed namenila tudi Gejba. :wave:

Bleščičasti del dvojčkov ni ravno po mojem okusu, tako da so pri meni pristale krem baze, ena ploščica (druge ni bilo več :hmm: ) ter Nail Art Pen v odtenku Silver White.

Maestra vam je že predstavila svetlejša odtenka, zato sem se jaz lotila najtemnejšega … Thelma.

Gre za zelo zelo temno vijoličen odtenek, ki se krasno nanaša. Dodatno sem ga okrasila z vzorčkom z Be Creative šablone. Za konadiranje sem izbrala bel Essence lak iz LE Stampy seta. Ker sem morala preizkusiti Silver White svinčnik, je tudi ta pristal na manikuri. Ne morem reči, da mi je blazno všeč, a vseeno sem si morala dati malo duška. :angel:

Svinčnik je zame malo preveč voden. Ali je bil potreben konkreten pritisk, da sem dobila želeno količino laka ali pa dvojni nanos.

Thelmo sem primerjala še z Essence Devil’s Flavour odtenkom iz Sweet Temptation TE.

Ne – nisem se zmotila in nanesla na vse nohte isti lak. :naughty: Dejansko gre za čisto identičen lak, ki so ga le pretočili v novo flaško.

Tudi to primerjavo sem malo “poživila”. Akterji so podobni kot pri prejšnji konadikuri, le da sem  tokrat uporabila bel Konad lak namesto tistega iz Essence Stampy seta.

Kaj vse je vas zamikalo v tej omejeni izdaji? :nails: